Understanding Prevention Science, Part 1: The Basis of the Field (Webinar Recording)

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Understanding Prevention Science
Part 1: The Basis of the Field
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

March 9, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will review prevention science and its relevance to substance use prevention professionals. It will describe the different domains of relevant science, including epidemiology, intervention development, and research methodology. The webinar will discuss how these domains influence and improve public health and prevention efforts. Additionally, the webinar will review the latest research in prevention science. It will provide examples of theories and frameworks to better understand how evidence is used and how it can be applied to the prevention field. Lastly, it will discuss how prevention science can support prevention professionals and others in the field in establishing actionable processes, policies, and programs.


  • Examine how prevention science can be described and provide a shared definition
  • Understand the research and theories behind prevention science
  • Review how prevention science is applied to substance use prevention and its impact
  • Discuss some of the challenges to incorporating prevention science and provide a research agenda for expanding future efforts


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Lauren PappacenaLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for NADCP and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.

March 9, 2022
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